Missing Munros June 2015
I am still recovering from my operations and with another one due soon I still need to get out on the hills. I was feeling a lot better and a group of friends met at the Squirrel Café at Glenmore The aptly named LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE MOUNTAINEERING CLUB (LSWMC) had a long overdue get together on Sunday in the Cairngorms. There was a bit of fresh snow on the tops as we arrived at Glenmore. The weather was a little cold to start but perfect as the day wore on my shorts were out and all got a bit of sun!
The plan was “there was no plan” a coffee at the Squirrel Café at Glenmore then a walk up to Corrie an Lochan for lunch then maybe a wander to Lurchers Crag (Creag an Leth-choin) for those that fancied it above the Larig Gru.
|This hill is neglected in the Cairngorms-Creag an Leth-choin [Lurcher’s Crag]||1053||NH 96840 03331|
This top was one of the old Munros now downgraded by the “Munro Police “.
We had a grand walk and away from the main path we met a Ptarmigan and her 6 chicks. What a site these tiny little birds among these huge mountains and how vulnerable they looked. One was left behind but “Doctor John” save it and Mum came over and they all scuttled away and we diverted our route to give them space but what a joy to watch. Then we found and an abandoned nest and wondered what they are can anyone help?
It is a wonderful walk of the main path and then the great views of the “Great Slab “ in Corrie an Lochan where we had lunch at the Lochan.
Many miss this spot as they are concentrating on the nearby Munros or climbs and in a bit of rush to get things done. We had a great break sitting there watching the great cliffs and the huge snow fields. With the water so clear and the big seracs on the cliffs and the pink granite of the great slab it is wild country. We watched some skiers on the West Ridge and how gracefully they skied the huge remain snow fields. As they finished a huge rock fell from the ridge and fell over 1000 feet stopping next to the Lochan carving a huge hole in the snow.
At first dark thoughts went through my head was it a dropped rucksack or worse! Then it all went quiet everyone was okay and we finished lunch in the sun and then had a chat and all wanted to go on to the top of Lurchers Crag about 45 minutes’ walk away.
Again you are away from the crowds and in the remoteness that is the Cairngorms. Soon we were back on the main ridge and enjoying the great views of the Larig Gru and neighbouring Peaks. We are now above the Cairngorm granite cliffs of Lurchers crag a winter playground and also a fine place to scramble on the many granite ridges. It is also a testing place practice navigation and yet so easy access for all.
We again stopped many times and enjoyed incredible views seeing so many mountains but always being drawn to the huge Braeriach Plateau and it’s still huge remaining snow fields. The summit is some viewpoint how many miss it and we all made it to the top and were in our own world for a while. I felt so good how I miss the mountains and even though I prefer being on my own in the mountains it was great to have so many pals out for the day. I pray that the next operation sorts me out and I an enjoy these great places that mean so much to me. A few plans were hatched for future trips into Glen Feshie and into the Moine Moire or maybe Beinn Eighe and the Triple Buttress?
The trip ended with a slow walk back and all chattering and enjoying the great weather and Coffee and cakes in the Active Cafe in Aviemore. Then a slow drive home in lovely weather, great to be on the hills again but like me “it does not have to be big to be beautiful”.
Missing Munros have a look at this any views ?
My good friend Andy Lawson sent me this:
Using the latest version of the Database of British Hills, I just did a comparison of the original 1891 Munro list with the current list.
There are 32 summits in the original Munro list which are no longer in the current list, so yes the list has changed a fair bit.
(His website www.mountainsofscotland.co.uk is a great site with lots of useful information.)
|Beinn a’Chroin East Top [Beinn a’Chroin]||940.1||NN 39399 18587|
|Beinn a’Chuirn||923||NN 35999 40916|
|Beinn Cheathaich||937||NN 44409 32653|
|Meall a’Churain||917.2||NN 46282 32474|
|Clach Leathad||1098.9||NN 24036 49311|
|Sgor Choinnich||929||NN 44363 68314|
|Sgairneach Mhor (old GR)||963||NN 59500 72748|
|Glas Mheall Mor||928||NN 68063 76948|
|Beinn Iutharn Bheag||953||NO 06524 79113|
|An Socach East Top||938||NO 09898 80571|
|Carn Bhac SW Top||920|
|Carn Eas||1089||NO 12257 99254|
|Creag an Leth-choin [Lurcher’s Crag]||1053||NH 96840 03331|
|Carn Ban Mor||1052||NN 89379 97194|
|A’Choinneach||1017||NJ 03209 04824|
|Meall Dubhag||998||NN 88041 95543|
|Creag an Dail Mhor||972||NO 13187 98208|
|Carn Cloich-mhuilinn||942||NN 96861 90677|
|Geal-charn||920||NH 88404 01405|
|Carn Ban [1891: Carn Mairg]||942||NH 63191 03170|
|Carn Ballach (SW Top)||919.8||NH 64355 04463|
|Stob Poite Coire Ardair East Top [Crom Leathad]||1050|
|Beinn a’Chaorainn South Top||1049||NN 38640 84505|
|Sgurr na Lapaich||1036||NH 15418 24380|
|Carn na Con Dhu||967||NH 07273 24178|
|Bidean an Eoin Deirg||1046.5||NH 10364 44313|
|Creag Dubh||947||NH 19973 35066|
|Slioch – Trig Point||980||NH 00502 68862|
|Sgurr Dearg – Cairn||978||NG 44388 21544|
|Beinn an Lochain||901||NN 21868 07962|
Thanks Andy Lawson for the information! Maybe do a trip to get them all done any favorites?